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Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

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Yeah, sure!

No problems ... at least not now.

But what will happen if the next big one (earthquake) happens? Can they guarantee the safety of everyone? I don't think so!

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Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

Well that's good to know. Not like in Fukushima where they played with the truth a little bit. This time we know it's really safe. No need to shut down the plant or anything. OK, I'll take your word on that. And if Sakurijima explodes and cause a nuclear accident I'll put it down to bad luck.

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Seriously? Not even "JUST IN CASE"? bah these people make me sick. And I bet the regulator lives FAR away from any nuclear powerplants.

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Sadly and realistically, if these quakes were centred 160k to the northeast this report wild be a lot different. Everybody's luck runs out eventually.

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There have been no problems YET, but they are gambling by keeping them on while the after shocks and potential for more quakes exists.

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Hold on! In a magnitude 7+ earthquake the safety system did not shut down the reactor? This can be explained only by a fault in the safety system.

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SimondB.. care to explain how sakurajima will cause a nuclear accident

Smith....changed your tune from Saturday?

But yes, let's turn off an energy supply now..despite there being no scientific risk...we will make it harder for people by reducing the power in the region.

A magnitude 7+ and the reactors continued? Yes, exactly as they were supposed to.

But none of that is relevant to you lot. Nuclear is bad . And that's all that matters and no logic nor scientific facts will change that... I mean Onagawa was just a fluke wasnt it? And it's just pure luck that this one had no damage.

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@ Heda; Once bitten twice shy for me buddy!

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Onagawa was close to a miracle as the tsunami lapped the top of the 14.9 meter sea wall and spilled over in places. It has now been built up to 17 m in height.

Only one scientist had been for building that 14.9 m high wall, against vociferous opposition, and the same scientist insisted on the plant being able to continue to take in cooling water if/when the sea pulled back before any tsunami. Hirai Yanosuke proved right on both accounts. He alone must have been thinking worst-case scenario.

Since no-one knows what earthquakes will happen and exactly how long these faults are, the Nuclear Regulation Authority will be proved right, or wrong, in the next few weeks.

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Fluke is exactly the word to describe the near miss at Onagawa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu81n4QuxB0

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In a magnitude 7+ earthquake the safety system did not shut down the reactor? This can be explained only by a fault in the safety system.

The magnitude is not really relevant. Nuclear power stations are set to automatically shut down in response to intensity measurements (ground movement). You can read about it here:

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/safety-and-security/safety-of-plants/nuclear-power-plants-and-earthquakes.aspx

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In the absence of any evidence of them having lied, let us for now salute the safety precautions taken by Kyushu Electric Power and Shikoku Electric Power, who, unlike Tepco, built their reactors to endure the disaster that has just happened, ensuring that people in the victimized areas at least have electricity in these trying times.

Just because Tepco lied and obfuscated doesn't mean that every power company did. In fact, if I may put on a tinfoil hat for a moment, it wouldn't surprise me if Tepco were involved in the protests against the entire nuclear industry, because it falsely draws attention to other electric companies and takes the spotlight off the one company whom we know for a fact skipped safety protocols and lied about it.

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The magnitude is not really relevant. Nuclear power stations are set to automatically shut down in response to intensity measurements (ground movement).

Are you going to tell the Kyushu people that there was NO ground movement? The houses collapsed for fun or what?! No risk-- no need for safety check, just keep on making money and get a bail out from taxpayer if needed.

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Just because Tepco lied and obfuscated doesn't mean that every power company did.

Kyushu Electric is the power company that received international attention when it prevailed on 50 employees, purporting to be ordinary citizens, to submit emails to a televised debate on restarting reactors in Kyushu. More than 30 percent of the messages supporting a restart were from these employees.

So they certainly lie and obfuscate, and that is an ingrained habit of the Japan nuclear industry, which until 2011, had everything its own way.

It wouldn't surprise me if Tepco were involved in the protests against the entire nuclear industry

I like the way you point the finger at Tepco - without evidence - when Kyushu Electric is the one nuclear company that has undeniably perpetrated the type of fraud you suggest.

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Are you going to tell the Kyushu people that there was NO ground movement?

How do you infer that? The issue for power stations is how much movement there is at their own location, not at the quake's epicenter. They are equipped with detectors, not unlike those for the shinkansen that automatically shut down the trains when a certain intensity is measured. You can see an intensity map of one of the Kyushu quakes at the following link.

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/6/20160416013005393-160125.html

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Of course we can be certain that the agency is telling the truth. After all they did in Fukushima. Well, maybe that is not a good example to use for their truthfulness.

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Looking at the photos and landslide damage it makes it more ridiculous that there are nuclear power plants all over the country. The oyajis that keep this facade going are really the greatest threat to Japan

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Are these the same guys that allowed tepco to be 10 years behind in maintenance?!

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LOL. of course And if, they will increase the safety limits, as soon another mistake happens & officially it will be safe again. ( as long there is no smoke seen coming out of the plants they will do they uppermost to cover it up)

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Goes to show how money makes the world go round and not logic/thinking proactively.

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Play with fire and you'll get burned. Play with earthquakes and you'll end up with another nuclear disaster. Anyone there have any common sense, anyone...Bueller.

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For those of you who don't believe that the nuclear plants haven't been damaged and that theres a cover up. Can you explain why there's no increase of radiation in the area.

Landslides? Yeah that would be a feat of nature for a landslide to travel the distance it would need to to hitthe nuclear power plants. But I know that JT contributors like to focus on the impossible.

Yes, onagawa was built correctly..was.maintained correctly and survived a 9.1 quake totally unscathed. Apparently that's a fluke. Apparent you seem to believe the norm is an accident. Do you feel the same when you get in a plane? Or a car? Or cross the road? I just wonder where you draw the line on when something goes wrong that automatically becomes the norm and not the exception.

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